I'm traveling for work this week, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about what I take with me when I travel to ensure I stay on track. What you can pack will vary depending on whether you are traveling by car or by plane. In my case, I'm driving about 2 hours from home and will be staying in a hotel for 2 nights. I called ahead and made sure I would have a refrigerator and microwave in my room. Here's a look into what I'm packing!!
Breakfast items: I put 3 serving of dry oats in a small container with a scooper, 2 sample packets of protein I've received from various promotions (these are really easy to travel with), instant coffee and sugar free coffee creamer.
Meal #2: Quest Nutrition Protein Bars
Meal #4: Greek yogurt and rice cakes. You could buy the greek yogurt upon arrival but I will be at an office with a fridge, so I'm bringing it with me.
Dinner: Grilled chicken breasts in a ziploc. I will also use the brown rice and veggies that I buy to go with this meal.
Meal #6: 2 servings of casein protein powder in small container (one for each night).
Extra's: Vitamins, Cellucor Creatine and BCAA's, Truvia, fork, spoon and knife, salt and pepper (could pack Mrs. dash if you're watching sodium), cinnamon, extra empty containers (to microwave oatmeal in, etc.), shaker cup (for protein and BCAA's), insulated lunch box (to bring food to the office), resistance bands (in case I can't get down to the gym), workout clothes, sneakers, plastic grocery bag (for dirty gym clothes), workout journal and sugar free jello (in case I get a sweet tooth).
This is not exactly what I would eat at home. When I'm traveling, I try to bring as few refrigerated items as possible but still make healthy choices. I also plan to use the hotel gym everyday, but have my resistance bands because you never know what might happen when traveling.
For those traveling by plane, I take most of the non-perishable items with me when I fly. If they are small enough containers, I carry them on. For the larger items, I will put them in a checked bag. You can visit the TSA's website for guidance on what you can and cannot carry on with you. I hope this gives you some ideas for when you travel. Do have other items you bring that I don't have listed? I'd love to hear your ideas!